Sabino tight end Matt Bushman amassed 1,583 receiving yards and hauled in 26 touchdown passes last fall as he helped the Sabercats reach the Division III state quarterfinals.
All that landed the BYU commit another big score.
The 6-foot-5-inch, 215-pound senior is one of two players from Arizona named on the honorable mention list of Parade Magazine’s All-America Team. The selections will appear in Sunday’s edition, which is available inside the Star. This year’s team includes 57 players from 21 states along with Washington, D.C., and are based off all-state honors, observations and statistics.
Bushman is the first local player to make the list since Palo Verde’s Adam Hall was named a Parade All-American in 2009. He is the first Sabercat chosen since Mike Saffer received All-America honors in 1998.
The only other player from Arizona named in this year’s edition was Scottsdale Saguaro quarterback Luke Rubenzer, a Cal commit who threw for a state-record 61 touchdowns and was named the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year. Coincidentally, Rubenzer and his Saguaro team were the ones that put an end to Sabino’s season when they beat the Sabercats 48-20 on Nov. 15 before going on to win the Division III state title at Arizona Stadium a couple of weeks later.
Bushman, a three-sport star at Sabino, sustained a torn ligament in his right thumb in the loss to Saguaro and was forced to miss most of the basketball season. He made his season debut Monday night, scoring six points in a 72-69 win over visiting Amphitheater.
Bushman will take an official visit to BYU this weekend. He verbally committed to the Cougars in October for both football and baseball. Bushman is expected to take his Mormon mission before enrolling at the Provo, Utah, school.